Solano hoop stars participate in grad ceremony

May 26, 2011

Jessica Woods, left, poses for a photo with Coach Matt prior to graduation on Wednesday.

Former Solano basketball players Jessica Woods, who just completed her sophomore season with the Falcons, and Ashley Daniels, who played at Solano from 2008-2010, walked in Solano’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

Coach Matt Borchert was on hand to congratulate the pair, who both come from Hogan HS in Vallejo, before the ceremony.

“I am extremely excited for Jessica and Ashley,” said Coach Matt. “They were hard working student-athletes in their time at Solano and they both have bright futures ahead of them. It was great to see them in a cap and gown. They should be very proud of themselves for all they have, and will, accomplish.”

Jessica earned her associates degree in criminal justice while Ashley has her degree in universal studies. Congrats to both young ladies!

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Jones signs with Nebraska-Kearney

May 17, 2011

Ivy Jones will play the next two seasons at University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Sophomore point guard Ivy Jones inked her letter of intent earlier this week to attend University of Nebraska-Kearney to continue her athletic and academic careers.

Ivy, the reigning Bay Valley Conference MVP and a first-team all-state pick this past year, was joined by her mom and dad at Solano on Tuesday for the formal announcement in front of her teammates and Solano faculty and staff.

Ivy will suit up this winter for former Solano assistant coach Kevin Chaney, who will enter his second year with the Lopers. UNK is a NCAA Division II institution competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Last season, the team went 13-14 overall and 12-10 in RMAC contests.

“We are very excited for Ivy to play for Kevin,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “It’s a great fit and she’s going to do very well there.”

Solano Superintendent/President Dr. Jowell Laguerre attended Ivy's signing ceremony on Tuesday.

Ivy thanked those in attendance at her signing on Tuesday, including Solano Superintendent/President Dr. Jowell Laguerre, who has been a big fan of Ivy’s since seeing her play her freshman year.

“I really appreciate the support you have given me the last two years,” Ivy said. “It means a lot.”

Ivy also thanked her teammates, saying that she couldn’t have won all the awards she received this year without them pushing her in practice every day and working so hard alongside her.

 

“You guys are my homies,” she said with a chuckle.

Click here to read the official press release from the University of Nebraska-Kearney website.


Falcons come together to celebrate once more

May 16, 2011

The Solano women's basketball team came together to celebrate at the end-of-season banquet on May 1.

The 2010-11 Solano Community College women’s basketball team gathered on May 1 to celebrate its fourth straight Bay Valley Conference championship, among other things at the end-of-the-season banquet.

The banquet was held in the lobby of the Solano Gym and was attended by family, friends and Solano athletic staff and faculty who remembered what a fantastic season the Falcons had.

Solano head coach Matt Borchert and his assistants, Natalie Cooley and Conni Holloway, presented each player with their championship t-shirt, season summary and highlight film – which was viewed by the group later in the evening.

As is tradition, the coaches awarded the Falcon Award to the student-athlete with the highest GPA. This year’s recipient was freshman Shannon Rankin. Coach Natalie is a two-time winner of the Falcon Award.

At the conclusion of the season, the players voted on the Player of the Year. It’s an award Coach Matt started years ago based on an idea from former De Anza College coach Mike Gervasoni. The award takes into consideration a variety of factors including an athlete’s on-court performance, academic standing, leadership, citizenship, coachability and inspiration.

Shannon Rankin was honored for her hard work in the classroom.

The players named sophomore point guard Ivy Jones as player of the year for 2010-11. Ivy was humbled by the award and joined a long list of great players to receive the honor.

The coaching staff also bid farewell to their five sophomores who played such an important role in the program the last two years. Keep an eye on the blog to learn where the players will be signing their letters-of-intent to continue their athletic and academic careers.